Training with cognitive behavioral techniques for the control of precompetitive anxiety
Keywords:baseball, cognitive-behavioral, pre-competitive anxiety, psychology, volleyball
Various research in Sports Psychology has shown that a high level of pre-competitive anxiety negatively influences the performance of athletes. The proposed intervention program, expressing the combined use of Jacobson's Progressive Relaxation and Cognitive Restructuring, is implemented in the male volleyball and school volleyball school teams of the Orestes Acosta Sports Initiation School, in time from February to May 2016, with the participation of the Sports Medicine Center of Santiago de Cuba. Different psychological procedures are used before the development of the program and once it is finished: the Spielberger Anxiety Test, Daily Thought Record, Psychological Inventory of Sports Execution, and Attitude for Competition, Observation and Interview, as well as an evaluation provided by the coaches about the sports performance of the teams. For the statistical processing of the data, the SPSS 12 software package is used. With the execution of this program, it is intended to provide athletes with psychological skills from the behavioral cognitive, which allow them to control the high level of state anxiety against training and skills and in turn optimize your sports performance; It is also considered appropriate to encourage professionals in this area to systematically use Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques.
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